Today we are back with another NAS review from Synology. This time it is their DiskStation DS716+ which is designed for growing small to medium businesses. This is a 2-bay NAS that is built on Intel’s Braswell platform so inside you have an Intel Celeron N3150 quad-core processor and 2 GB of DDR3 memory. The two bays give you room for up to 16TB of storage and you can add more by the two USB 3.0 ports and eSATA port on the back of the drive. This NAS also features dual Ethernet ports for failover and Link Aggregation support. Being a Synology NAS the DS716+ is powered by the award winning DiskStation Manager NAS OS, which makes setting up and configuring your NAS a breeze. This NAS also features a hardware-accelerated transcoding engine, which allows you to transcode and stream H.264 4K / 1080p videos to high-definition TV, digital media players, mobile handsets, and computers. Let’s jump in and see what the DiskStation DS716+ is all about!
Synology has been pretty subtle with their packaging over the past year or so. The DiskStation DS716+ comes in a plain box that has a sticker in the top right corner that lets us know what product we have and some of its main features.
Flipping over to the back there is another sticker towards the bottom of the box that lays out all of the connections, buttons, and LED indicators on the DS716+ as well as all the hardware specifications.
Opening the box and getting everything out we have the DiskStation DS716+ NAS unit, power adapter, power cable, Ethernet cable, eSATA cable, keys, mounting screws, and a quick installation guide.